It has something for absolutely everyone, with a host of famous faces and a diverse array of drama, music, comedy, dance, children & family events and more all on offer!
Brand-new comedy shows coming to Buxton include star of Mock the Week Andy Parsons with his show I’ve Got a Shed on Sunday 21 April, German comic Henning Wehn will perform his show Henning knows Bestest (Sunday 5 May), and Lee Nelson will give a night of ‘qwaliteeee jokes, games and banter’ on Saturday 1 June. Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown is still rude and crude and appearing on Thursday 19 September. Other comedians include Stewart Lee (Monday 14 October), Milton Jones (Sunday 27 October) and Paul Merton – Impro Chums on Friday 1 November.
Riveting drama on the agenda includes an adaptation of the famous medieval sleuth novel Cadfael on Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 May. 1984, George Orwell’s masterpiece about a dystopian society where ‘Big Brother’ is always watching will take place on Monday 3 June; and The Winter’s Tale (Friday 14 & Saturday 15 June) is the latest offering from Buxton’s premier non-professional theatre company Buxton Drama League.
The summer season wouldn’t be complete without Shakespeare’s Globe’s annual visitation. This year the company are bringing King Lear on Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 June and The Taming of the Shrew on Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 August. The popular drama company Ian Dickens will return with an edge-of-the-seat thriller A Murder Has Been Arranged (Thursday 29 to Saturday 31 August). Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, charts the star’s rise to fame and his untimely death in the multi-award-winning West End show from Monday 9 to Saturday 14 September.
Events for children include Nickelodeon’s Dora The Explorer, a two-act song and dance spectacular from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 May and Around The World in Eighty Days on Friday 23 August will use puppetry, music and lots of laughter to tell the miraculous tale of Phileas Fogg who travels four continents by whatever means he can. Sooty will be at the venue on Saturday 7 September with his friends Soo and Sweep for Sooty’s Magic Show.
Music highlights include English Touring Opera with their triple bill: Così Fan Tutte on Thursday 25 April, Simon Boccanegra on Friday 26 April and The Siege of Calais on Saturday 27 April. Swinging at the Cotton Club on Tuesday 14 May will feature Lindy Hoppers jiving to Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra; and Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells For Two is a unique theatrical experience featuring just two musicians, who zip around the stage to recreate the phenomenal album in its entirety (Tuesday 11 June).
As always there are lots of summer festivals taking place at the Opera House; July welcomes both Buxton Festival (the international Opera festival) and the town’s very own Buxton Puppet Festival will return.
Also for the first time ever Buxton Opera House welcomes Summer Pops Week 2013, five nights of live music to light up our summer nights during July. Summer PopsWeek line-up this year features Peter Hook (performing New Order hits) and Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. August will see the return of the 20th international Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.
For more information about these shows and lots more, pick up an April to October 2013 Brochure at Buxton Opera House Box Office now. To purchase tickets or make bookings call the box office on 0845 127 2190 or visit the website: http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk